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The Camel Spider.
spider stories began to spread during the 1990-91 Gulf War. Now, with the continued presence of U.S. forces in theMiddle East, the stories are becoming legendary... Many of the stories on the internet are completely untrue.
These creatures are (usually) not dangerous to humans. But, dangerous or not, these
creatures are horrifying to encounter. I pity anyone who encounters one
for the first time.
Soldier in Iraq bitten by a Camel Spider. Yes, they can bite. If they do, there is always the possibility of infection. CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE THIS CAMEL SPIDER BITE!
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Camel spiders top speed - 10 mph. Which is very fast for a such a small creature..
Size: Up to 8 inches, although many of our readers report larger.
Called camel spiders because they live in the desert.
Camel Spiders are solpugids.. Along with spiders, they are members of the class Arachnida. For more camel spider pictures..
With the internet becoming so much more widely used during this Iraq conflict,
rumors are spreading like wildfire. E-mail chain letters with claims,
"he/she said his or her friend—or friend of a friend—knew
a soldier stationed in Iraq who had said that these camel spider could
inject a sleeping soldier with anesthetic, then chew out a chunk of flesh."
Most people don't know that the camel spider can also
be found in the southwest U.S. and Mexico. While the recent buzz is all
about the Middle Eastern camel spider, its North American cousin has no
shortage of tall tales. In Mexico, they're known as matevenados, which
means "deer killers."
One of our many stories on Camel Spiders:
While working for Al Salam Aircraft company in Riyadh, 2002- 2003 (I left after the Jadawel Compound bombing) we had many run ins with camel spiders in the hanger areas and out in the aircraft run areas. I admit that my first encounter with one scared the hell out of me but it got to be routine. Some were relatively small, others fairly large, all were aggressive like nothing I have ever seen. They would come in, mostly on night shift, walking right up the middle of the hanger. We couldn't take a broom, or anything else, and try to push them out as they would turn aggressive and attack whatever we would use so we finally started keeping coffee cans, and other containers, around and just trapped them and took them out to the fence line and let them go. Of course some did not want to be trapped and we would then introduce them to the "Smash factor" but what a mess that made.
Luckily we had no one bitten, American or Saudi, but there were the usual close calls since we had to start checking everything we opened, carefully, for any intruders. I hope I never run into one of those nasty little buggers again. They must be what B sci-fi movie producers had in mind when they were making all those movies in the 50's.
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